Venus is conjunct Mars on August 24th, 2019 at 4° Virgo.
Venus and Mars are the two relationship planets, and they meet up in conjunction once every 2 years or so, starting a new relationship cycle.
Venus conjunct Mars is not just a ‘random transit’. In fact, no transit is just a random event in time. All planetary transits are part of a longer story, which always begins with a conjunction.
A conjunction between two planets is a starting point of a new planetary cycle.
The most known planetary cycle is the lunar cycle. A lunar cycle begins with a New Moon. A week later we have Moon square Sun (the 1st lunar quarter), then a week later we have Moon opposite Sun (the Full Moon).
Again a week later we have Moon square Sun (the 2nd lunar quarter), and the cycle ends when the Moon conjuncts the Sun again, and a new lunar cycle begins.
But the lunar cycle is not the only planetary cycle out there. If for example, Mercury is square Jupiter, that transit is not a ‘random Mercury-Jupiter square’, but it is part of the story that began a few months earlier, when Mercury conjuncted Jupiter, starting a new Mercury-Jupiter cycle.
That’s why our lives are not a random series of events – everything in our lives is connected, and everything unfolds from a particular starting point, as a reflection of the planetary cycles and planetary relationships.
In the same way, Venus conjunct Mars on August 24th, 2019 marks the beginning of a new Venus-Mars cycle, and any further aspect between Venus and Mars in the cycle will be ‘connected’ to this conjunction.
Venus Conjunct Mars – The Cosmic Lovers
Venus and Mars are the cosmic lovers and in astrology, they describe attraction, love, and relationships.
Mars rules Aries and Venus rules Libra – Aries is the first sign of the zodiac, ruling the Ascendant and the 1st house; Mars is “I am”. Venus rules Libra, the 7th sign of the zodiac, or the descendant, and stands for the “Other”.
Even people who are not familiar with astrology know that Venus is a symbol for the feminine energy, and Mars is a symbol for masculine energy. In fact, Mars and Venus’ astrological symbols are identical to those used in biology to identify sexes.
Venus and Mars are like the opposite poles of a magnet. They attract each other, and as a result of their passion, something new comes into existence. Whether it is a new life, a new relationship, or a new creative project, Venus conjunct Mars is your cosmic go-ahead to get your creative juices flowing.
Venus conjunct Mars is the ‘law of attraction’ in action. Without a “chemical reaction” between Venus and Mars, we cannot create anything. When Venus and Mars mingle together, creation happens.
Mars’ metal is iron, and Venus’ metal is copper. Iron and copper conduct power and electricity and thus, to ‘create’ energy and motion, just as Venus and Mars generate romantic and sexual energy.
To conduct electricity, we need both iron and copper. To ‘conduct’ attraction and create life, we need both Venus and Mars. Venus conjunct Mars is where any act of creation begins.
The special relationship between Venus and Mars is reflected by the length of their cycles. A Venus cycle takes 584 days, and a Mars cycle takes 780 days, so 4 Venus cycles (4*584=2336 days) are almost exactly as 3 Mars cycles (3*780=2340 days).
Because of this synchronicity, every 32 years Venus will conjunct Mars around the same degree of the zodiac.
The Current Venus-Mars Cycle
Now that we’ve understood the special relationship between Venus and Mars, let’s come back to the current Venus-Mars cycle, which begins on August 24th, when Venus is conjunct Mars.
The most important aspects of the Venus-Mars cycle are Venus conjunct Mars, Venus square Mars and Venus opposite Mars.
The Venus-Mars cycle begins on August 24th, 2019 – this is when we can start a new relationship or a new creative project.
On June 2nd, 2020 we have the fist Venus-Mars square (Venus is at 14° Gemini, Mars is at 14° Pisces). Soon after the 1st square, Venus goes retrograde, so 3 months later we have the 2nd Venus-Mars square. This is when you can make some adjustments to whatever it is that you’ve started on August 24th, 2019.
If you started a relationship, now you will decide whether this relationship is what you want. If you started a new project, this is when you will ask yourself “does it make sense? Does it feel right? If not, what can I change about it?”.
After the 2nd square, it’s Mars’ turn to go retrograde, so soon after, on November 9th, 2020 Venus opposes Mars retrograde (Mars is always retrograde when opposite Venus, the two cannot form an opposition unless Mars is retrograde). Venus will be at 15° Libra and Mars at 15° Aries.
Venus opposite Mars is the highlight of the Venus-Mars cycle (it is similar to a Full Moon). Venus is now stronger than Mars (which is now retrograde) so you are driven by your values. You now have full clarity where you stand.
This is when the creative project you started at the beginning of the cycle culminates and bears fruit. In relationships, this can be the final test “to do or not to do” “to go forward or not to go forward”.
On February 20th, 2021 we have the final Venus-Mars ‘contact’ when Venus (at 23° Aquarius) is square Mars (at 23° Taurus). This is a time to make the final adjustments before a new Venus-Mars cycle begins.
Depending on how things have been going, this can also be a time when you reap the rewards. You decide what you want to take on with you in the new cycle, and what do you want to leave behind.
The current Venus-Mars cycle will end on July 13th, 2021 when the two lovers meet again at 19° Leo.
Venus Conjunct Mars – How the Venus-Mars Cycle Will Influence You
Have a look at your natal chart and see whether you have any planets or angles around the degrees where Venus and Mars aspect each other (use a 1° orb): 15° Aries, 23° Taurus, 14° Gemini, 27° Cancer, 4° Virgo, 15° Libra, 27° Capricorn, 23° Aquarius, or 14° Pisces.
The more planets and angles you have around these degrees, the more significant this Venus-Mars cycle will be for you. Of course, the most important degree to look for is 4° Virgo, because this is where the love story begins 😉
If you’re interested in past (or future) Venus-Mars cycles, you can find a list with all Venus-Mars conjunctions dates at this link.
Even if you don’t have planets or angles around these degrees (or if you’re not sure you do) – Venus conjunct Mars will still influence you, because the conjunction will transit one of the houses of your chart. This is the house where you have Virgo – and this is where you can ‘birth’ something new.
To make the best out of Venus conjunct Mars, make sure you set a creative intention on August 24th. The seed that you plant on August 24th will flower in the coming 23 months.
The intention can be around starting or improving an existing relationship, or about any other creative project you want to bring to life.